Istanbul, Turkey

Course Information

Istanbul, Turkey | 2017 Summer

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.


You will enroll in three to six credits during the summer session. At least one 3-credit course is required. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Taught in English

Course Descriptions

Arabic I

Summer (4 credits)

The aim of this course is to make students, who are Basic Users in the scope of Common European Framework of Reference, achieve A1 level, which is named as Breakthrough.

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Art, Culture and Society

Summer (3 credits)

Art, Culture and Society class introduces basic skills of understanding and analyzing works of art. To this end, this class aims to give analytical skills to understand images, historical and social skills to understand their context and the artistic practices.

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Ataturk’s Principles and History of Turkish Republic

Summer (3 credits)

This course is a new organization of the Turkish state, this state, this change is based on the basic principles and ideas, and principles of Ataturk himself known by his name is subject to reforms.

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Issues in International Security

Summer (3 credits)

Security has been an indispensable dimension of international relations and world politics. Since the end of the Cold War era there has been a remarkable change in security studies, from issues and actors to theories of security. The course aims to offer new directions in the study of ‘security’, to provide a broad survey of some of the theoretical and contemporary issues in global and regional security from its Cold War past to its post-Cold War present and opening up alternative ways of thinking about the future. This course introduces students to the theoretical debates and empirical analysis about ‘security’ at different levels (local, regional, global), with a focus on traditional, modern and post-modern security themes ranging from military security to societal security sectors. Given the theoretical and practical importance of studying international security for political science and international relations students, students learn strategic and security analysis not only concentrating on national security issues but also extending their comprehension with post-Cold War security issues such as threats emanating from non-state actors directed to non-state actors. This course will thus enable students to have a complete worldview about international politics.

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Middle East Politics

Summer (3 credits)

This course explores the Middle East using theoretical and historical approaches. Topics covered include: the legacies of colonialism; the Middle East regional system, the impact of the international system on the middle east, the challenge of security in the region.

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Religion in Society

Summer (3 credits)

The course is structured in three parts. First, it focuses on sociological perspectives to study religion and compares them. Secondly, it provides concepts and insights to understand social organisation of religion. Thirdly, it studies religion as a group phenomenon. It also focuses on skills and knowledge for writing a research proposal and full research project report.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

USAC Istanbul is on hold until Spring 2018.


Consider Haifa or another USAC program!


Summer: 2.5 GPA

Semester: 2.6 GPA and minimum sophomore standing

Program Type

Summer: Specialty

Semester: Partnership


Summer: US Credit

Semester: Overseas credit

Program Capacity